Vitoria Guimaraes 1 Arsenal 1
Duarte da Silva 91, Mustafi 80

Arsenal took a late lead but conceded in time added on at Vitoria to draw 1-1 meaning that they gave up their winning run in the Europa League. Needing another win to secure qualification to the last 32, the Gunners failed to spark in atrocious conditions in Portugal despite taking the lead through Shkodran Mustafi’s header from Pepe’s free-kick. The hosts had been technically adroit and full on running in the reverse fixture at the Emirates a fortnight ago and looked to produce the same again. At home however they rallied having levelled and may have secured all three points were it not for poor finishing. Duarte da Silva’s scissors kicked past Emiliano Martinez from Marcus Edwards cross as a static Arsenal defence watched on punished the visitors. However the points were shared and the Gunners will now hope to cement their place in the next round when they host Eintracht Frankfurt later in the month. They may yet qualify earlier if Standard Liege lose to Frankfurt on  Thursday.

For the fourth time in all competitions, Arsenal took the lead but then failed to see out a win, and were forced to settle for a draw. Unai Emery made eight changes from side who drew 1-1 with Wolves in the Premier League last Saturday. Rob Holding was given the captain’s armband with the new club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not travelling t0 Portugal. The previous incumbent Granit Xhaka was relieved of his duties having clashed with his own fans as he was substituted against Crystal Palace.

Mustafi and Sokratis formed a three man central defence with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Kieren Tierney adding the width. The Gunners struggled in the heavy conditions, as did their hosts who saw their Pepe rattle the woodwork from long range. Martinez then had to palm away Edmond Tapsoba’s flicked header.

Holding had Arsenal’s first sighter on goal, rising unchallenged to head high from Bukayo Saka’s cross. Dani Ceballos appeared to suffer a hamstring injury, pulling up having tracked back earlier. Matteo Guendouzi came on for the on loan midfielder. Emery will be hoping that Ceballos won’t be out for too long.

Having secured a point, Emery said he was a “little disappointed,” with the result

“The analysis from this match, I think we worked hard and fought against a team who were very strong defensively, and very organised. They played against us with 100 per cent motivation and also with their supporters. A little disappointed for the result because we wanted to win, but we are first in the group and we want to make sure of that position in the next matches.

“ We finished the match with only one point, but we’ve continued first in the group, and now we need to prepare for the match on Saturday. It’s going to be different and it’s a different competition. The same objective to win, but above all, to improve defensively and continue being strong. Offensively, to also have tactical situations that allow us to achieve chances.”

Arsenal next travel to the King Power stadium on Sunday where in form Leicester City will provide another Premier League examination of Emery’s side.